How much has the number of advanced degrees
in psychology increased in the past decade?
Today’s psychology graduates provide a good window on the psychology workforce of tomorrow. The following figure presents data1 on the number of U.S. graduates who were awarded master’s or doctoral2 degrees in
psychology over the last decade.
1. Data are from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
(2004–13). Completions Surveys. [Data files and dictionaries]. Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/DataFiles.aspx.
2. IPEDS doctoral degree categories were used to identify types of doctoral degrees. Definitions can be found in the IPEDS glossary: http://nces.ed.gov/
News from APA’s Center for Workforce Studies
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Number of psychology master’s and doctoral degrees awarded by year
While master’s-level graduates perform different
functions from doctoral-prepared psychologists,
information on the number of both doctoral and
master’s psychology graduates is of interest in
understanding pipeline and workforce trends. Key
• The number of psychology doctorates awarded in
the United States grew from 4,933 in 2004 to 6,496
in 2013, a 32 percent increase.
• The number of psychology master’s degrees
awarded in the United States grew from 18,457 in
2004 to 28,462 in 2013, an 54 percent increase.
Future “Datapoints” will show the changes in the
number of degrees awarded over time, broken down
by institution type, gender, race/ethnicity and geographic distribution.
— Mariquita Mullan, PhD, Karen Stamm, PhD, Peggy
Christidis, PhD, and Andrew Nigrinis, PhD
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